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Designing an Effective Thesis Defense

Tuesday, April 2 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Knight Library, The Dream Lab
1501 Kincaid Street, Eugene, OR

Are you a junior or senior who needs help preparing and designing your oral thesis defense?

This 90-minute workshop will focus on the unique characteristics of oral communication in the form of a thesis defense, drawing contrasts with the habits and strategies that are effective in written communication. 

What you'll learn: 

Essential elements of an effective oral thesis defense, including: 

  • Descriptions of the research problem and relevant literature
  • Framing a compelling research question
  • Economical presentation of "research methods"
  • Presentation and discussion of findings or conclusions
  • Best design practices (the "7-slide rule")
  • Calmin techniques and how to practice effectively
  • Strategies for engaging and managing questions

Enrollment is limited to 30 students, so pre-register now!

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Workshop


Clark Honors College

Target Audience

Undergraduate Students


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